Help us create a bright energy future

Published: 2/15/2019  2:17 PM
 Earlier this year I announced our efforts to create a new Energy Vision that proactively and responsibly takes on challenges never seen before in the energy industry.We have been working closely with our Utilities Board and the Utilities Policy Adv ...

Water plant upgrades benefit the community

Published: 2/6/2019  1:32 PM
More than 45,000 hours of work later, we have made excellent progress on our current water treatment plant upgrade.  We began upgrades to the plant in May 2018 and renamed it shortly thereafter. The Mesa Water Treatment Plant, built in 1942, is now ...

Don't Super Bowl blitz your wastewater lines

Published: 2/1/2019  10:24 AM
​Super Bowl gatherings will be everywhere on Sunday and, whether you’re cheering for your favorite team or simply huddling up with friends for a party, you may not even realize all the blitzing and sacking happening off the television. For many, th ...

Saving more than energy in our community

Published: 1/24/2019  3:18 PM
​Today, our CEO Aram Benyamin toured the Energy Resource Center’s (ERC) facility to take a first-hand look at the great work they do in our community every day. (In the picture to the right, Howard Brooks, CEO of the Energy Resources Center, shows B ...

Sledding with bear cubs

Published: 1/22/2019  2:54 PM
​Soft, sleepy groans come from a sedated bear cub. He's on a sled in the snow, being pulled along like a child in a snowsuit, except his snowsuit is all fur and blubber. He is an orphaned black bear cub, one of eight that were rehabilitated over th ...

All good things must come to an end

Published: 1/15/2019  1:09 PM
On Oct. 2, 2018 my life changed forever when I gave birth to my first child: Liv Terese. She is the new center of my life—I never knew I could love someone as much as I love this new little human being.Being a first-time mom has been a steep learnin ...

​Resolve to save this year

Published: 1/4/2019  3:09 PM
It’s a new year, and that means new resolutions. This year, consider a home energy and water efficiency resolution. Whether you are a homeowner or renter, there are a number of strategies you can adopt to lower your utilities bill no matter the tim ...

When the temps go down, the bills go up

Published: 12/17/2018  3:18 PM
I’m sure there are quite a few customers who are opening their bills this month and wondering why it’s higher than usual. When unexpected changes occur with your bill, one of the first things you should do is go back and look at the weather during t ...

'Tis the season...for water main breaks

Published: 12/14/2018  11:14 AM
While this may be “the hap-happiest season of all,” dealing with traffic issues can really put that phrase to the test. After all, we’ve got parties for hosting, marshmallows for roasting and much mistltoeing to do. Who’s got time for a detour?! Bu ...

Creating your own weather

Published: 12/5/2018  3:59 PM
​Some say weather affects their mood. I believe that we can create our own weather – like having a sunny attitude on a cloudy day.  In the utilities business, though, creating our own weather isn’t as possible. We can still choose great attitudes, b ...

 Next >>

Sledding with bear cubs   

  by  Ellen T.  on  1/22/2019

​Soft, sleepy groans come from a sedated bear cub. He's on a sled in the snow, being pulled along like a child in a snowsuit, except his snowsuit is all fur and blubber.

He is an orphaned black bear cub, one of eight that were rehabilitated over the last year after losing their mothers. The mother bears' stories are sad, but luckily their cubs get another chance at living in the wild.

Through a partnership with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), we found remote locations on our watershed to build new dens for these cubs. They were transported from Wet Mountain Wildlife Rehabilitation to these undisclosed locations on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

After carefully unloading the cubs from a trailer onto sleds, CPW officers and volunteers pulled the cubs into the snowy forest to their new, man-made dens. Officers carefully un-tied their paws and took covers off their eyes, transferred them to smaller sleds, and pushed them into the den. The officers crawled in after them, making sure to position them comfortably to ensure breathing and maximum snuggling.

The hope is that when the bears awaken in a warm, dark, den they will continue to hibernate until spring. We hate to say it because they are so cute, but we hope to never see these bears again. We hope they wake up in the spring, ready to spend the rest of their lives in the wilderness, away from the troubles that come with humans and urban life.

We are privileged to live in this beautiful place, and we each must do our part to protect it. As your community-owned utility, we strive to protect the environment and wildlife that make Colorado Springs an amazing place to live. Long term partnerships with organizations like CPW, the parks service and others help all of us work together to preserve Colorado's beauty.

We're happy to have these cubs on our property. We wish them the very best.










1  Comment

Add a comment


This is a great story! Glad to see that we are assisting with protecting the wildlife! Good job!

Thursday, January 24, 2019  12:19 PM  Jonathan